A Profile of Courage - Mark Don McInnes

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by ©Patricia Feager, 1/24/2017


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When Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint moved from Lake Tahoe, CA working in Highway Construction to North Idaho he just knew he wanted a different type of challenge. It took courage to walk away and to follow his life's purpose. Mark became a Real Estate Agent. In his heart, he knew he wanted to wake up every morning, to look at himself in the mirror, knowing he made the right decision. But the reality of not getting a regular pay-check caused him to get a second job at the Lumber Mill, thinking he could grow his business and still earn a paycheck using the income as a safety net. Working at the Mill is hard labor. The intensity of physical labor on a man who isn’t a kid anymore is brutal. His defining moment was when he made the decision to quit torturing his body at the Mill and become a Full-Time Agent. It takes courage to walk away from a job, move to another state, enter a new profession, work two jobs; then decide his life's purpose IS only one profession, Real Estate.  


No Regrets 

As a full-time Agent, Mark leads a healthy life and he is happier helping others to fulfill their life dreams in Real Estate. With no regrets, he is happy being a successful business owner and gets steady business. He knows how to balance his time while maintaining physical exercise for leisure.  When he isn't working, he enjoys riding 14 to 40 miles when he can and when it can’t he rides his stationary bike. Achieving his life's purpose helps him to give back to Rotary and the Community. Mark would be very pleased to get referrals from members of ActiveRain and enjoys blogging. This is a man with a big heart.


I enjoyed talking to Mark very much. He has a good judge of character and an understanding of people. Mark calls himself a simple man who enjoys simple pleasures with his Newfie, Halley, best friend, and constant companion. They are always together. When I asked him how he acquired Halley, he told me that he adopted her. He wasn’t even looking to buy a dog, but as fate would have it, he took a walk one day when he ran into a big, burly man with a large Mastiff. The dog took to Mark like a duck takes to water and Mark and the big burley guy started talking on a personal level. Then the man told him about a lady selling a dog that he might be interested in meeting.


Without hesitation, Mark took off walking down the streets looking for the lady with the dog. Just about the time, he was about to give up, he saw the woman and dog. In that moment, Mark knew, that girl Halley was his and he adopted her. They say Newfloundland dogs excel at water rescue/lifesaving. So the question is, did Mark really adopt Halley? Or was Halley, a lifesaver, a dog who just happened to come along at the right time because of a human intervention between a big burley man and his Mastiff, another giant dog who intellectually knew Mark and Halley were meant for each other? 

Marks Halley


Read all about Mark's Halley below:


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November 17, 2016 07:07 AM



Day 3 - Grateful for Halley in Sandpoint Idaho

I would be remiss were I not to mention how fortunate I have been with my 4 legged newfie buddies.  Before Halley, there were Bilbo and then Grizzly.  Both incredibly perfect for where I was at personally at that moment in my life.  I could tell stories of both for days.   

Halley continues to amaze me.  She wins me over more and more daily.  As we know unconditional love is what our four legged buddies are best known for. But Halley has given me so much more beyond that.  She has taught me a patience that I never thought possible of myself.  It is directly as a result of her.

Even more wonderful is how she bends over backwards to please me.  Not to mess up what she knows is expected of her by me.  And yet she does this while also keeping her own independence.  An admirable trait of which I am in awe of how well she walks that line.  Something I now strive to improve on in myself as well.

I am truly grateful for Halley and her antics along with her love.  From her sending me to the chriorpractor after having spotted a cat (before me) while walking, doing her happy dance when wanting out, pacing like a hamster in the back of my car, running and showing off when pleased to see me all within just 6 inches of running out of rope, insisting on laying in walking paths of the home so I am in constant danger of tripping over an unseen black mass, the sheer joy of going with me every morning as if she has been left behind the previous month, seeing the joy she gives people when they ask to pet her, getting me out for walks with her, and so much more I could get stuck typing here all night.  

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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the post. I learned a lot about Mark from this post.

Jan 24, 2017 04:43 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Patricia. You write beautifully and this felt like an introduction to a good book.

Jan 24, 2017 04:46 AM #2
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Patricia Feager ,

What a wonderful introduction to Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint ! Well written. I follow him and know about his trusted friend Halley but learn alot about him from your post..thank you!!

Jan 24, 2017 05:14 AM #3
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

What a lovely story, Patricia and I though I knew how it would turn out I still couldn't stop reading. Halley is his best friend and I enjoy hearing about their adventures together.

Jan 24, 2017 05:21 AM #4
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Patricia, I enjoyed reading this post about Mark. I follow him in the Rain and it warms my heart to read about Halley and him.

Jan 24, 2017 05:36 AM #5
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Good morning Patricia Feager .  I will be honest you have got my eyes a bit misty with your words of Halley.  Your pictures of her are all favorites (so you as well have insights of your own) and bring back the joy of the moment.  Your writing skills are special Patricia and if there is any way you can rekindle communication with the person you spoke yesterday I believe it could give way to what I believe is your true passion.  Knowing that you have pleased others with your written words.  Thank you again Patricia, or as I will now be calling you "Peppermint".  

Jan 24, 2017 06:48 AM #6
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I have had the plasure of talking with Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint in the past.  He is one cool dude and Halley is the perfect sidekick for him.  Glad you got to know him!

Jan 24, 2017 09:04 AM #7
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hello Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint - It was nice talking to you. You sound like an old friend and you're a great listener. Thank you for sharing so much of your time with me the other day. I learned a lot from you and Halley. For example, my Granddog is a Newfie too! His name is Otis! I just thought he was a big floppy dog. Until I saw photos of Halley, I had no idea what kind of dog Otis was! The next time I see him I'll be sitting on the floor telling him stories about you and Halley and about how you met. Then I'll let you know what he thought about it! 

Thank you for letting me know you approved of this post. I wanted to honor you in a special way. 


Jan 24, 2017 07:26 PM #8
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Bravo Patricia such a well written piece. I want to have a conversation with Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint soon too.

Jan 24, 2017 07:48 PM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks so much, Patricia, for sharing this wonderful story.

Have a great Wednesday and an outstanding week.

Jan 25, 2017 03:39 AM #10
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Roy Kelley - I'm beginning to believe that even though we think we know the people we communicate with here on ActiveRain, unless one picks up the phone to give them a call, there's a lot more to their life story we didn't know. Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint is just as fascinating and interesting too! 
May your day be as perfectly enjoyable as it can be today!


Jan 25, 2017 05:28 AM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow Patricia Feager, Mark is a poplar guy, I saw Jeff Dowler blog about him also.  Hope you have a great day.


Jan 25, 2017 07:48 AM #12
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Will Hamm - I didn't know Jeff Dowler also wrote about Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint. He's definitely someone worth knowing and you are too! I'll have to check out Jeff's blog to read more about Mark.

So how about you, can we connect, or are you too busy? I'm good today. Way too busy Thursday and Friday.

Jan 25, 2017 08:52 AM #13
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Patricia

What a great read. Sounds like we both enjoyed our conversations with Mark. We clearly talked about a lot of the same things as I was interested in how he got from SoCal to Idaho and into the real estate business!


Jan 25, 2017 10:51 AM #14
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Patricia, I got teary eyed reading this post, thank you so much for including Halley's pictures. I know a little bit more about Mark thanks to you.

Jan 25, 2017 03:04 PM #15
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Patricia Feager - Your post has brought me to tears...  

You wrote "This is a man with a big heart." and I agree - The love that he and Halley have for each other is beyond words...it speaks so profoundly of the essence of providential moments and the awe of unconditional love.  I am so thankful for the presence of Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint in our lives - his courage brings hope and ignites a thankfulness for the abundance of simplicity!
Thank you - 

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